Whatever Happened to Little Albert?
1979) Whatever Happened to Little Albert?. American Psychologist 34:pp. 151-160. (
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John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner's 1920 conditioning of the infant Albert B. is a well known piece of social science folklore. Using published sources, this article reviews the study's actual procedures and its relationship to Watson's career and work. The article also presents a history of psychologists' accounts of the Albert study, focusing on the study's distortion by Watson himself, general textbook authors, behavior therapists, and most recently, a prominent learning theorist. The author proposes possible causes for these distortions and analyzes the Albert study as an example of myth making in the history of psychology.
|EPrint Type:||Journal (Paginated)|
|Keywords:||behaviorism; Watson, John B.; Little Albert; emotion, conditioning;|
|Subjects:||Psychology > Behaviorism|
Psychology > Experimental
Chronology > 20th Century
History > Historiography
History > General
Geography > North America
|Deposited By:||Green, Christopher D.|
|Deposited On:||17 November 2003|